Amalberga of Temse

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Saint Amalberga of Temse
Wapenschild Zandhoven met Sint Amelberga.jpg
Saint Amalberga and the Sturgeon support the arms of Zandhoven
Died 772 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Major shrine Ghent
Feast July 10
Attributes a sturgeon depicts how she escaped harm on the back of a sturgeon

Amalberga of Temse (born about 741, died 10 July 772) was a Lotharingian noblewoman from the Frankish royal house of the Pippinids who is celebrated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. She is especially venerated in Temse, Ghent, Munsterbilzen and other parts of Flanders. She received the veil from Saint Willibrord of Echternach.[1]


Many miracles, such as crossing the river Scheldt on a giant fish are attributed to her. In heraldry and art this is a sturgeon. Her relics are kept inside the church of Temse.

Her vita is connected to Charlemagne, whom her biographer (Goscelin of St. Bertin) said wanted to marry her. When she refused in order to continue her vocation as a virgin, he tried to move her by force; he broke her arm, but was unable to carry her off. He fell ill because of his actions, but she forgave him and prayed to God to heal him.[2]

The virgin Amalberga of Temse should not be confused with Amalberga of Maubeuge.


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